Lorenzens Peak is a difficult peak along the remote Santa Rosa mountain range extending from El Toro Peak in Riverside county southeast towards Rabbit Peak and Villager Peak.
Lorenzens Peak is also known as "Dawns Peak" or "Peak 6582". According to Anza Borrego A to Z, the Lorenzens Peak name was first seen on a AAA Riverside County map in the 1980's. Jerry Schad said it was called "Dawns Peak" on some maps. The USGS topo maps don't show any name, just "6582" at the summit location.
The primary approach is from the south from Clark Lake in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. There are two main routes to the base of the peak, the first crossing Clark Valley and the second approaching through Rockhouse Canyon.
Other possible routes are to follow the ridgeline from El Toro Peak down going southeast, or follow the ridgeline from Rabbit Peak going northwest.
All routes to the peak are strenuous.
The peak is located in the Santa Rosa Wilderness in Riverside County. However, most of the approaches are made from Anza Borrego Desert State Park in San Diego County. No permits or fees are required from either direction.
When To Climb
Late Fall through early Spring is the preferred time to climb.
Camping is allowed anywhere along the routes. There are good campsites in Rockhouse Canyon wash or in the wash just south of Peak 3489 (we camped at 33n25.445, 116w19.882).
Check with Anza Borrego Desert State Park for road conditions through Clark Valley. Also check the references provided for Rabbit Peak, which is only 4.6 miles to the southeast.
- Photos from Nov. 2003 trip
Photos taken along the primary route described by Schad's book.